Leeds duo set for summer exit with one man to survive cull in reported Elland Road overhaul
Leeds United manager Paul Heckingbottom is looking at an overhaul at the Whites which is leaving goalkeeping duo Andy Lonergan and Felix Wiedwald both staring down the barrel of the gun – and it could well be just Bailey Peacock-Farrell left if he gets his way.
The Sun on Sunday has claimed that the former Barnsley boss is looking to improve in every aspect of the team, from the backroom staff to the first team squad, and that departures in all areas are likely.
In terms of the playing side, it is said that the manager is prioritising a new goalkeeper when the summer transfer window opens, which casts serious doubts over the future of both the senior shot stoppers currently at the club – and rightly so, after their performances this season.
Both Lonergan and Wiedwald were brought in from Wolves and Werder Bremen respectively last summer but neither has managed to impress between the sticks, with young prospect Bailey Peacock-Farrell now with the number one shirt to his name after being given the chance to impress.
A new goalkeeper would mean the likely departure of at least one of the under-fire duo, but in reality, Heckingbottom could, and perhaps should, cull the both of them, leaving Peacock-Farrell as the only survivor.
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Lonergan was touted with a move to Sunderland in January and with only a few years left of his career, will likely be looking for one last move as a first choice stopper, with his contract at Leeds to expire in 2019.
Wiedwald meanwhile has struggled with the demands of the Championship, failing to show the command or confidence necessary to succeed, and a move back to mainland Europe would seem likely if he were to depart before his deal runs out in 2020.
Heckingbottom has already complained about the quality of his defence and so yet more changes at the back are to be expected when the Whites kick off next season, and they will likely be lining up ahead of a new man between the sticks.
In other Leeds United news, the club have suffered a senior bombshell with two stars out of action.